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Quiz: Do You Know What to Do if a Loved One Dies?

The loss of a loved one can be one of the most devastating experiences in life. To add to the burden, you could be left with many financial and estate decisions that need to be made right away. Take this quiz to find out if you're prepared.
  1. Typically, how many certified copies of the death certificate should you obtain?
    a. One is sufficient.
    b. Two—one for you and one to file with the state.
    c. At least 10 on average, for paperwork purposes, but the size of the estate may require more or less.
    d. One for every member of the family.
  2. If your loved one has died without a will,
    a. The court will appoint a personal representative to act as executor.
    b. The closest living relative is entitled to make all decisions.
    c. An attorney must be employed to handle the estate.
    d. The entire estate will go to the state where the deceased lived.
  3. Upon the death of a loved one, a good rule to follow is
    a. Postpone any major decisions until one year has passed after the death.
    b. Plan an extended vacation—you deserve it.
    c. Jump back into everyday activities as soon as possible.
    d. Isolate yourself so that you won't have interruptions during your period of grieving.

Answers: 1. c; 2. a; 3. a

Your Results
If you were stumped by any of the questions in this quiz, click on the eBrochure link at the bottom of this page to receive the FREE guide, What to Do in the First 48 Hours When You Lose a Loved One. Even if you knew most of the answers, our guide can still be useful, as it will be more difficult to think through pressing matters during this emotional and stressful time.

If your loved one was interested in supporting our organization, or if you'd like to make a gift to us in their memory, contact Steve Goebel, CFRE at 309-281-4392 or for more information.

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The information on this website is not intended as legal or tax advice. For legal or tax advice, please consult an attorney. Figures cited in examples are for hypothetical purposes only and are subject to change. References to estate and income taxes apply to federal taxes only. State income/estate taxes or state law may impact your results.

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